Michael Richards, blacks and racist language
After comedian and former Seinfeld co-star Michael Richards spewed racial epithets and called a black heckler a "nigger" during a stand up comedy routine, the backlash of criticism has been overwhelming. Richards appeared on David Letterman's "Late Show" Monday night to apologize for his tirade. Richards' apology wasn't enough for the Rev. Al Sharpton and others blacks, who have refused to accept it. Conservative author and columnist Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson issued the following statement calling for an end to racial double standards - and challenging blacks to stop keeping the words "nigger" and "nigga" alive. The following is an excerpt of Rev. Peterson's statement:
"What Michael Richards did was wrong and he's already paying a price for his angry outburst. Richards has since apologized for using the infamous 'N' word, and for the rage that fueled his tirade.
"If the word 'nigger' is so offensive and shocking to blacks, then why do black people themselves continue to use this word? The word is kept alive by black comedians and rappers, and is a part of the everyday language and fabric of the pseudo 'black culture.' Yet, whites are forbidden from uttering this word.
"A growing number of white Americans feel as though they are forced to wear a politically correct muzzle when it comes to discussing race issues. Whites are growing increasingly frustrated about being labeled 'racist' whenever they disagree with blacks.
"Black people cannot continue using this word, yet label others as 'racists' when they do the same in a fit of anger, as Michael Richards did. By not allowing whites to express themselves, it only drives the problem underground and forces people to keep these emotions bottled up - in essence, the politically correct culture is helping to create people like Michael Richards!"
By the same token, gentiles should be allowed to criticize Jews and Israel without having to worry about being labeled anti-Semitic.
Few Black leaders speak out on Richards’ racist tirade
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